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Qualcomm’s global legal issues continue, as the Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission (TFTC) fined the company roughly $773 million (NT$23.4 billion) for illegal licensing and chip pricing practices. This development is yet another antitrust filing levied onto Qualcomm, which has recently seen fines from South Korea (December 2016) and China (February 2015), a lawsuit from the US Federal Trade Commission (January 2017), and investigation and potential non-compliance fines from the European Union. The official TFTC statement states that Qualcomm withheld products and licensing in order to force clients to agree to its conditions, noting Qualcomm’s numerous standard-essential patents (SEP) and monopoly status in the baseband processor market for the CDMA, WCDMA, and LTE spaces. The TFTC found that these actions and others violated antitrust...

Xiaomi Announces the Mi Note 2 (Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM) and Mi MIX Concept Phones

Xiaomi has added two new phones to its lineup: the Mi Note 2 and the Mi MIX. Both are flagship phones with large screens that emphasize performance and design...

55 by Matt Humrick on 10/25/2016

Samsung Introduces 8 GB LPDDR4-4266 Package for Mobile Devices

Samsung this week announced its first LPDDR4 memory chips made using its 10nm-class DRAM fabrication technology. The new DRAM ICs feature the industry’s highest density of 16 Gb, are...

40 by Anton Shilov on 10/21/2016

Chinese Tech Giant LeEco Enters US Market with Le Pro3 and Le S3 Smartphones, Range of UHD TVs

LeEco announced its official entry into the U.S. market at its “Ignite the Eco World” event in San Francisco, an important step in the company's globalization plan. Its initial...

39 by Matt Humrick on 10/20/2016

Huawei announces the HiSilicon Kirin 960: 4xA73 + 4xA53, G71MP8, CDMA

Last year we had the opportunity to attend HiSilicon's launch event of the Kirin 950. The 950 SoC was the first to employ ARM's Cortex A72 in a smartphone...

43 by Ian Cutress & Andrei Frumusanu on 10/19/2016

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 653, 626, & 427 SoCs: Include X9 LTE Modem and Support for 8GB RAM

Today at Qualcomm’s 2016 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong, the company announced several new additions to its low- and mid-tier Snapdragon SoC lineup, including the Snapdragon 427, 626, and...

34 by Matt Humrick on 10/17/2016

Qualcomm Announces New X50 5G Modem, First Gigabit Class LTE Network and Router

Qualcomm made three announcements about connectivity products today at its 2016 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong. The first announcement, aimed at easing the transition between the 4G LTE networks...

22 by Matt Humrick on 10/17/2016

Update: Samsung Officially Halts All Note7 Sales & Exchanges, Now Recalling All Devices

Update 10/13: After earlier asking customers to stop using the Note7, today the company has expanded the matter to a full recall in the United States. All Note7s, originals...

95 by Matt Humrick on 10/13/2016

The Huawei Honor 8 Review

Huawei’s first foray into the US smartphone market was with the Honor 5X, a lower-cost device with a well-balanced design. Encouraged by its initial reception, Huawei is back with...

95 by Matt Humrick on 10/13/2016

The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus Review: Iterating on a Flagship

The iPhone 6 was a runaway success by any measure. The A8 SoC may have been built on a temperamental 20SoC process – something that dogged all other...

378 by Joshua Ho & Brandon Chester on 10/10/2016

Hands On With the New Google Pixel Phones

After Google’s launch event today in San Francisco, I had an opportunity to get my hands on its new Pixel and Pixel XL phones. My initial impression is that...

73 by Matt Humrick on 10/5/2016

Google Announces Chromecast Ultra: 4K & HDR for Chromecast

Though the big Google news for today is of course the new lineup of Pixel phones, phones were only a small part of what Google had in store. Alongside...

19 by Ryan Smith on 10/4/2016

Google Announces Pixel and Pixel XL Phones: Snapdragon 821, 5" & 5.5" Screens, $649, Preorders Start Today

At an event today in San Francisco, Google unveiled its latest vision for Android smartphones—the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. For this generation, Google nixes the familiar Nexus name...

103 by Ryan Smith & Matt Humrick on 10/4/2016

Live Blog: Made By Google October Phone Event

We're live from Google's October phone event in San Francisco

84 by Matt Humrick on 10/4/2016

USB-IF Publishes Audio over USB Type-C Specifications

The USB Implementers Forum this week published the USB Audio Device Class 3.0 specification, which standardizes audio over USB Type-C interface. The new spec enables hardware makers to eliminate...

90 by Anton Shilov on 9/30/2016

Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus Announced

Xiaomi announced two new flagship smartphones today. The Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus are updates to the Mi 5 / Mi 5 Pro and Mi 5 Plus phones...

23 by Matt Humrick on 9/27/2016

HTC Announces Desire 10 Pro and Desire 10 Lifestyle

As the holidays approach, OEMs often refresh their device portfolio to make sure that they put their best foot forward as a significant proportion of sales occur towards the...

24 by Joshua Ho on 9/20/2016

The HTC 10 Review

It probably goes without saying right now that HTC has been a troubled company for some time now. With the One M8 we finally saw that they were making...

181 by Joshua Ho on 9/19/2016

Early iPhone 7 Teardowns: Intel & Qualcomm Modems, TSMC SoC, 2 to 3 GB of RAM

Today is launch date for Apple’s new iPhone 7 models, and as is tradition every year, the teardowns have already begun. Both the Chipworks/TechInsights team and iFixit have completed...

97 by Ryan Smith on 9/16/2016

The iOS 10 Review: Refining the iOS Experience Both Over & Under the Hood

The momentum of the mobile space has changed in the past year. As the market for high end smartphones approaches saturation, the focus on the software side has moved...

111 by Brandon Chester on 9/13/2016

Moto Z Hasselblad True Zoom Mod: Camera Shootout

The Hasselblad True Zoom Mod for Motorola’s Moto Z family delivers a true 10x optical zoom, brighter flash, and AF assist light that extend the capabilities of the typical...

27 by Matt Humrick on 9/10/2016

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